Emma Alpern

Senior Copy Editor, New York Magazine

Emma Alpern is a senior copy editor at New York. She writes about culture and food.

  1. roll the laserdisc
    J.B. Smoove Had Curb’s Last Best JokeTurns out Seinfeld wasn’t a show about nothing.
  2. best of 2024
    The Best Books of 2024 (So Far)A vibrant history of The Village Voice, the introspective follow-up to There There, and a brilliant debut novel.
  3. the grub street diet
    Greta Caruso Is Making Up for Her No-Candy Childhood“No matter how good the cake is, my preferred dessert is always some kind of Haribo sour candy.”
  4. chat room
    Everybody Wants Curb’s Susie Essman to Yell at Them“Larry saves me for himself.”
  5. night life
    ‘This Is Like the Studio 54 of Now’Two-stepping the night away at Ridgewood’s sold-out honky-tonk party.
  6. book review
    In Wandering Stars, Tommy Orange Writes a New Secret HistoryThe author’s second novel, after the dazzling There There, follows family members who are inheriting more than they know.
  7. the grub street diet
    Moshe Kasher Has No Time for Flimsy Burritos“When they remove the tortilla it is soft, pliant, and oozing with melt.”
  8. scene report
    Midnight MaasInside the after-hours release party where otters, Swifties, and recovering Bookstagrammers celebrated Sarah J. Maas’s House of Flame and Shadow.
  9. the grub street diet
    Saveur’s Kat Craddock Has Been Looking Forward to Her New Year’s Cheese“You put a spoon in there, and it’s almost like its own little fondue.”
  10. 2024 preview
    23 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2024With new wonders from Rachel Cusk, Percival Everett, Tommy Orange, and more.
  11. collectors
    First in Line at the MTA’s Memorabilia SaleShopping for train doors, wooden benches, and subway signage in a south Brooklyn lot.
  12. best of 2023
    The Best Books of 2023Ten authors whose original ideas challenged our preconceived notions of the world.
  13. encounter
    In Lexi Freiman’s Books, It’s So Easy to Be WrongHer novel The Book of Ayn is about a newly canceled person in a toxic relationship with her ego.
  14. book review
    In Alex Pheby’s Novel Malarkoi, God Is Dead and Objects Are AliveThe second book in Alex Pheby’s trilogy Cities of the Weft spins fantasy tropes in strange and visceral new dimensions.
  15. fall preview 2023
    In Mona Awad’s Novels, Beauty Comes With a Side of Body HorrorHer latest novel, Rouge, shows how the quest for perfection can send you over the edge.
  16. fall preview 2023
    24 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This FallThere’s even a book by Babs.
  17. the grub street diet
    Pitchfork’s Puja Patel Wants the Tough Bits“Give me the crispy edge of a lasagna, the chewy corner piece of the brownie.”
  18. the grub street diet
    Alicia Kennedy Is Clearing Out Her Fridge“I’m very anti–food waste.”
  19. encounter
    Andrew Lipstein Tries To Be GoodIn his novel The Vegan, he imagines a finance guy desperate to atone — and not for the sins you’d think.
  20. the grub street diet
    Lane Moore Would Like Some More Sauce, Please“I want to need five napkins.”
  21. the grub street diet
    Jamie Loftus Will Never Get Tired of Hot Dogs“Ricky has acquired a whole pile of Costco hot dogs for the family.”
  22. vulture lists
    18 New Beach Reads for Every Kind of Book LoverBooks so good you’ll forget to reapply sunscreen.
  23. the grub street diet
    Author Ella Cerón Respects the Resilience of Kale“It holds its own against any dressing.”
  24. book review
    Catherine Lacey’s Alternate America in Biography of XA “biography” with a warped sense of history.
  25. the grub street diet
    Cookbook Author Abi Balingit Ends the Day With Pop-Tarts“We had time to watch The X-Files, and after a couple episodes, I wanted to snack.”
  26. the grub street diet
    Author Delia Cai Makes the Most of a Breakup Brunch“I’m sad, but at least I’m full.”
  27. the grub street diet
    Novelist Xochitl Gonzalez Always Has Capers on Hand“Capers are your bitchy friend who can’t keep their mouth shut.”
  28. vulture lists
    The Best Books of 2022Yes, this list features more than one book set in a postapocalyptic world, but have you looked around lately?
  29. the grub street diet
    Novelist Sam Lipsyte Cleaves His Peppers“I’m in a cleaver mood.”
  30. best of new york
    The Best Eyeglasses Shops in New YorkFor hard-to-find frames, something zany, vintage Persols, and more.
  31. fall preview 2022
    The New Restaurants You Need to Know AboutSo many openings.
  32. best of new york
    The Best Pilates in New YorkWhere dancers, Broadway performers, and 90-year-olds practice.
  33. best of new york
    The Best Physical Therapists in New YorkFor back spasms, learning to run again, and more.
  34. my spots
    Author Sloane Crosley’s Favorite Spots in the West VillageA Wonka-esque Japanese grocery, a bar that will put candied ginger in anything, and a tennis court where timing is key.
  35. the internet
    The Best Moments in Twitter HistoryWhat makes Twitter great? Chaos, madness, hilarity.
  36. my spots
    Tanaïs’s Favorite Spots in Williamsburg“New Wave babe” vintage finds, a copy shop run by an illustrator, and spiced Ethiopian tea.
  37. my spots
    Xochitl Gonzalez’s Favorite Spots in Clinton HillA two-block street that’s perfect for dog-walking, the best store for crystals, and a house with chickens.
  38. the food biz
    Santa Fe BK Experiments With an Innovative Way to Pay All Employees Fairly“The busier you are, the more money you make.”
  39. my spots
    Alexandra Kleeman’s Favorite Spots in Staten IslandA restaurant with a New England-like view, the world’s best artichokes, and a tugboat parking lot.
  40. viral houses
    This Pristine ’60s Ranch Is Actually From … 2021?It came together with dead-stock appliances and a half-century-old blueprint.
  41. saturday night fever
    Greenpoint’s Disco Ball Rite-Aid Is About to Be DemolishedThe beloved pharmacy, originally a vaudeville theater, will soon be replaced with apartments.
  42. it’s our own damn fault
    A Margaritaville Resort Opening in Times Square in a Pandemic, Sure, Why Not?Here’s everything we know about Jimmy Buffett’s high-rise paradise.
  43. viral houses
    A Florida Family Bought the Viral Shag-Carpet House Without Setting Foot InsideIt’ll soon be a vacation rental, but without all of the wall-to-wall carpeting.
  44. viral houses
    Meet the Couple Who Bought the Brutalist Bachelor Pad You Saw on TwitterPeople went wild for the house online, but these people actually plan to live in it.